February 2012

This Date In Baseball History 2-21

On February 21 in Baseball History…
  • 1931 – The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants become the first major league teams to meet in a night game. They collect 23 hits in a 10-inning exhibition game played at Buffs Stadium in Houston.
  • 1951 – The South Carolina House introduces a resolution urging that Shoeless Joe Jackson, who was banished from baseball because of his part in the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, be reinstated.
  • 1957 – Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley trades minor league franchises with Phil Wrigley of the Cubs. Brooklyn gives up its Ft. Worth club (Texas League) in return for the Los Angeles Angels (Pacific Coast League). In a year’s time, Brooklyn will be without a team and Los Angeles will be a major league city.
  • 1969 – Ted Williams returns to baseball full-time, signing a five-year contract to manage the Washington Senators.
  • 1985 – Tim Raines is awarded a $1.2 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator John Roberts. This is the largest award to date through the process. The 25-year-old Raines hit .309 for the Expos in 1984 and led all players with 75 stolen bases.
  • 1986 – Rollie Fingers loses a chance to continue his career with the Cincinnati Reds when he refuses to shave his trademark handlebar mustache to comply with club policy.
  • 1989 – Reds manager Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Commissioner-elect Bart Giamatti to discuss his gambling habits.
Baseball Birthdays on February 21…
Baseball Deaths on February 21…

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Today in Baseball History 2-20

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On February 20 in Baseball History…
  • 1903 – Nick Young remains N.L. president when A.G. Spalding bows out of the battle.
  • 1923 – Christy Mathewson becomes president of the Boston Braves after buying the club for $300,000 with New York attorney Judge Emil Fuchs and Bostonian James McDonough. The deal does not include Braves Field, which still belongs to James Gaffney. There are also 85 minority stockholders.
  • 1929 – The Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games (allowed for the first time in Boston) at Braves Field, because Fenway Park is located too close to a church.
  • 1943 – Phil Wrigley and Branch Rickey charter the All-American Girls Softball League. The league will operate around the Chicago area and is formed as a sports backup in case the government shuts down major league baseball. The league will later change its name and switch to hardball with a pitching distance of 40 feet and bases 68 feet apart.
  • 1953 – August A. Busch buys the Cardinals for $3.75 million and pledges not to move the team from St. Louis.
  • 1958 – The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission approves a two-year pact for use of its facility by the Dodgers.
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Baseball Deaths on February 20…

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Today In Baseball History 2-19

 

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On February 19 in Baseball History…
  • 1946 – Giants outfielder Danny Gardella becomes the first major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the Mexican League. It’s the first shot in a series of events that will dominate baseball in 1946 even more than the return of all the war veterans. Gardella’s attempt to return to the major leagues a few years later will initiate a major court battle.
  • 1953 – Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet after flying a combat mission in Korea.
  • 1970 – Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the suspension of Tigers ace Denny McLain, effective April 1, for McLain’s alleged involvement in a bookmaking operation. The suspension will last three months. McLain declares bankruptcy.
  • 1977 – The A’s sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000, calling into question Bowie Kuhn’s policy on player sales. Kuhn voided an Oakland sale of players on June 18, 1976 as ‘not being in the best interest of baseball,’ but had not specified the amount allowable in a player sale.
  • 1983 – Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration case with the Dodgers and becomes the first player to win a $1 million salary through that process. The Dodgers had offered Valenzuela $750,000 for the 1983 season.
  • 1987 – Less than one month after signing with the club as a free agent, pitcher Vida Blue stuns the A’s by announcing his retirement.
Baseball Birthdays on February 19…
Baseball Deaths on February 19…

 

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Today in Baseball History 2-18

Hello blog readers, I know I have not posted a baseball blog in what seems like 100 years. I hope to get back on track by trying to start writing at least four blogs a week. My goal is to entertain myself and to entertain you, and I cannot do that now by not posting any content.  I am also starting a new regular thing today, every day I am going to post a blog about what happened today in baseball history.  When the season starts these will be much longer and a lot more that has happened in the world of baseball in past years.  I hope you enjoy them like I did. Feel free to comment below.  (From http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/)

On February 18 in Baseball History…
  • 1909 – The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 in 1908, to the Cleveland Naps for pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan and $12,500.
  • 1922 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his federal judgeship, claiming the two jobs (judge and commissioner of baseball) take up too much time.
  • 1943 – The N.L. finds a buyer for the Phillies. He is William D. Cox, a New York lumberman. The league had paid $46,850 for control of the club.
  • 1944 – Fifteen-year-old pitcher Joe Nuxhall signs a contract with the Cincinnati Reds just one day after playing in a high school basketball game.
  • 1960 – Walter O’Malley, owner of the Dodgers, completes the purchase of the Chavez Ravine area in Los Angeles by paying $494,000 for property valued at $92,000.
Baseball Birthdays on February 18…
Baseball Deaths on February 18…

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